Why mediation is often the best way for family law issues
An agreement negotiated through mediation is a constructive approach to resolving disputes. It is likely to have a better impact on the family unit than reliance on court-imposed orders. Children benefit from co-operation between parents and relatives; financial arrangements can be effectively and more cheaply arranged by mediation which is far more cost effective than legal proceedings.
We can arrange assessment meetings for parties in dispute; at a preliminary meeting they can be seen separately or together.
At this stage we will discuss any issues of concern: she can provide information about the mediation process and obtain relevant information from the parties. The parties can then decide whether mediation is the best way forward in the particular circumstances of their case.
Mediation can lead to improved communication between parties and better-focused attention to the needs of any children.
Should financial matters need resolutions, there must be an exchange of full and frank financial information. This information is provided openly; however, any proposals for settlement during the course of mediation are not legally binding. This means that genuine attempts to settle can be made without any underlying threat of prejudice in later court proceeding which would only be needed if mediation fails to produce an agreement. Confidential advice can be sought by each party from lawyers at any time during the mediation process; each party will also be encouraged to seek legal advice in drafting any proposals for conversion into a legally binding agreement.
Is mediation compulsory?
No, mediation is a voluntary process.
However, before any legal proceedings can start, the court will expect (save in very exceptional cases) that each of the parties will have met a mediator in order to investigate alternative ways of resolving differences whether in relation to children or to financial matters.
A party who has not attended a meeting with a Mediator may face a costs penalty and/or be referred by the court to mediation. Accordingly, it is wise to meet a Mediator sooner rather than later.
A Mediator is impartial; it is the Mediator’s aim is to help and support parties in improving communication during the legal process and afterwards. Mediation usually helps to reduce family animosity or conflict.
Mediation can play an important role in helping families to cope with separation and conflict. More and more often families find that mediation provides a sure basis upon which to make progress.
To find out more about mediation, please contact Mrs. Brenda Wong Robinson
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01793 698106
調解談判 – 一個更佳的方法 (Traditional Chinese)
在解決財務事項上，雙方必須交換一個全面和坦誠的財務資料。提供這些資料是公開的。 在調解過程中，任何和解建議都是不具有法律約束力。 這意味正正解決，如果雙方調解未能達成協議，在以後法院所需的訴訟，是沒有潛在任何威脅性的偏見。在調解過程中，各方事主可以私下聘請律師作保密的諮詢，尋求法律意見，草擬一份具有法律約束力的協議書。
不是，調解服務是一個自願性的過程。 但是，在啟動任何法律程序之前，法院會期望（除了非常特殊個案下）每一方都須要與調解員會面，從而尋求解決有關兒童及財務事項上的分歧。 缺席與調解員會議的一方可面臨罰款及／或由法院轉介調解。 因此與調解員會面是明智的，不要延耽。
Mrs. Brenda Wong Robinson
電子郵件: [email protected]
電話: 01793 698106